This campaign is getting closer to completion. It’s just a week away from the regular season and the playoffs, and a last handful of teams continue to search for a start-of-the-year miracle so they don’t get eliminated. However, in the individual category it also means that each player must give one final push to take home one of the coveted NFL Awards. In this article we will tell you week by week how the main candidates for the NFL MVP 2022 are performing.
We know that this award has been an exclusive territory for quarterbacks for a long time, and although there is not an extremely clear consensus on the criteria of the voters (although many of them end up expressing the reason for their votes publicly), let’s remember that only what is done in counts. regular season and, therefore, the candidates that go further in the playoffs do not necessarily coincide with the winner.
Note: This list was taken from the possibilities to the MVP that give the bets on this site
2022 NFL MVP candidates after Week 17
In the conversation (from least to most likely):
- QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
- QB Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
- WR Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins (8-8)
- QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)
5. WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
Game Remaining: @ Chicago
The MVP award has become the exclusive territory of quarterbacks, and it looks like it will continue to be that way. The reality is that if anyone had a chance to end that narrative, this year it was Justin Jefferson, who leads the league with 124 receptions and 1,771 yards. However, the Vikings were beaten 17-41 by the Packers last week in a game where Jefferson only had 1 reception for 15 yards. Yes, his worst game of the campaign came at the most inappropriate time.
Not only does that mean that the MVP of the Year now looks like a dream, but it has hampered his chances of breaking Calvin Johnson’s 2012 record for most receiving yards in a season in NFL history (1 964). With only one game remaining in the season, he remains 193 yards behind and, considering that breaking said record was his best argument for MVP, now the illusion is fading. Of course, there will always be OPOY 2022.
4. QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
Remaining game: vs. giants
Jalen Hurts, once a favorite for the 2022 NFL MVP, continues to slide down the rankings on a weekly basis. No one is questioning his ability displayed this year, but it’s simply unacceptable that his chances are the same as they were a couple of games ago considering he has missed Philadelphia’s last two games, against Dallas and New Orleans, due to a sprain. shoulder. Therefore, if he can’t step on the field, his free fall on this list is obvious.
Despite the above, multiple reports predict that he is ready to return this Week 18 against the Giants, however, it will be a little late for him to be considered a main candidate for this award again. Hurts must focus on winning for the Eagles to continue leading the NFC East and thus get into the rhythm for the start of the postseason. One would suppose that, if he continues at a good level, there will be other years for him to compete for this individual award.
3. QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (12-3)
Remaining games: @ Cincinnati, vs. New England
Josh Allen has been the biggest beneficiary of the absence of Jalen Hurts, and because of this, he has climbed a position on this list. Still, there’s little to be gauged from Allen this week. As is well known, the game between Buffalo and Cincinnati this Monday night was suspended due to the S Damar Hamlin required emergency medical assistance after collapsing in midfield with just over six minutes remaining in the first half.
As a result of the above, the Bills momentarily remain in second position in the American Conference, half a game behind the Chiefs. However, they will have a chance to regain the top spot in the AFC when the NFL reschedules the game against the Bengals, but the exact date is still unknown. Meanwhile, the only thing that can be said is that Josh Allen was trailing 3-7 against Joe Burrow, his direct rival, and that’s enough of an argument to keep him under him.
2. QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
Remaining games: vs. Bills vs. Ravens
Second week in a row that Joe Burrow appears in second position on the list, but, honestly, only a miracle would make him climb to first place. Similar to the Josh Allen case, there’s little to be said for Burrow this week due to the suspension of the game between Buffalo and Cincinnati after the sad situation that the S Damar Hamlin is going through. However, it was well mentioned, prior to the terrible event it was Burrow who had the Bengals 3-7 ahead of the Bills.
The above is the strongest argument to keep him so high on the list, also, with 4,260 yards, he is fifth in the NFL, remembering that he has one more game left than the others and could simply climb back to second place, where he continues to sit in the category of aerial annotations (34). Put another way, Burrow has proven to be the second best quarterback in the league this year and the award would probably be his if there were no Patrick Mahomes.
1. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (13-3)
Next game: @ Las Vegas
It’s not just Patrick Mahomes leading the league with 5,048 yards and 40 touchdowns anymore, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Last week against the Broncos, despite the painful victory, he completed 29 of 42 passes for 328 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. With that performance, along with Drew Brees and Tom Brady, he became just the third quarterback in NFL history to have multiple 5,000+ passing-yard seasons (5,097 in 2018). Isn’t that enough for him to receive the second MVP from him?
If more arguments are needed, a final one that would end any debate could come in Week 18 against Las Vegas. Mahomes is 429 yards away from breaking Peyton Manning’s 2013 record for most passing yards thrown in a single season (5,477). Momentarily, the 2022 NFL MVP practically already has Mahomes in his pocket, and breaking Manning’s record, we would simply be talking about one of the best campaigns ever seen in history.
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